SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- Nineteen American soldiers and three affiliated individuals have tested positive for the new coronavirus, including those linked to a cluster infection at the Osan base, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.
Eleven service members and a South Korean civilian employee at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, 70 kilometers south of Seoul, tested positive, either after developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or after coming into contact with colleagues who later tested positive, according to the USFK.
The remaining 8 soldiers and two family members were from Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, Camp Casey in the northern city of Dongducheon, the southeastern city of Daegu or on temporary duty in South Korea, the U.S. military said, adding that all of the new cases were confirmed between Sunday and Tuesday.
The Osan base has reported dozens of confirmed cases since last week amid speculation that the cluster could have something to do with a no-mask dance party held at a club inside the base on Aug. 21 in disregard of social distancing rules amid the pandemic.
"All individuals are currently in isolation at a facility designated for confirmed COVID-19 cases at USAG – Humphreys, Osan Air Base or a Korean medical facility," the USFK said in a release.
The latest cases brought the total caseload among the USFK population to 1,372.
"The USFK remains at a high level of readiness with more than 80% of its affiliated community vaccinated and less than 1% of its active duty service members currently confirmed positive with COVID-19," it said.
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